Women Aren’t the Only Victims…

According to a recent study conducted by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), women aren’t the sole victims in the increasing problem of domestic violence.

An exhaustive government survey of sexual assault and domestic violence recently released by the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) affirmed that 1 in 4 men are victims of domestic violence in the United States and the problem is far more common than previously thought.  On a national average, 28.5% of men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime compared to 35% of all women. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is one of the CDC’s newest public health surveillance systems and it is designed to monitor the magnitude of intimate partner violence victimization in the United States.

Why, then, are women the ones mainly viewed as victims of abuse?

It may not be surprising that today’s culture had made it pretty much unacceptable for men to admit to being abused.

Laura Palumbo, prevention campaign specialist at the National Sexual, says

“for a number of reasons in our society, it’s really difficult to believe this happens to men. It’s difficult for a man to be able to say this has happened to him because our culture doesn’t accept male vulnerability. Our culture really puts a lot of pressure on men to protect themselves.”

Why is society is so quick to condemn the men who commit these crimes (anyone remember the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident?), and yet just as quick to overlook those men who are on the wrong end of an abusive relationship? Teen Mom Amber Portland was charged with domestic violence against boyfriend Gary Shirley, after physically assaulting him and threatening to push him down the stairs, but which one of these incidents left more people enraged? Chris Brown received death threats after the alleged abuse. Jay-Z himself called Brown “a walking dead man.” Portland blames her abusive ways on her bipolar and dissociative disorders, and remains a member of Teen Mom’s cast.  

The CDC’s report goes on to say,

“survivors of intimate partner violence may be reluctant to report the behavior because of shame, embarrassment, fear of retribution or a belief that authorities may not support them and that victims need coordinated services to ensure healing and prevent a recurrence, including strengthening the response of the health care system. Many male victims of domestic violence do not identify  their abuse as domestic violence and therefore don’t reach out for help. Its critical that we believe the victim and hold perpetrators accountable regardless of gender.”

What’s that, a double-standard that actually disfavors men?

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